The Newsroom: Season 1 (2012)

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Season 1
The Newsroom

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Though it sports good intentions and benefits from moments of stellar dialogue and a talented cast, The Newsroom may feel too preachy, self satisfied, and cynical to appeal to a wide range of viewers.

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Critic Ratings: 48

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User Ratings: 503

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 24, 2012

After a meltdown, Will McAvoy returns to work to find most of the staff are leaving his show; Will's new executive producer is also his ex-girlfriend; Will and his new staff face a challenge.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2012

Mac begins to control the new incarnation of "News Night"; Jim takes the fall for Maggie's miscue; Charlie forbids Reese from secret meetings with Will.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2012

Will apologizes on-air for past newscasts; Charlie is warned by management; Jim soothes Maggie during a panic attack; Will parades his dates in front of Mac.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2012

Will lands in the tabloids; Wade approaches Will with information; Don asks Maggie to set Jim up with her roommate; Will refuses to make a call on a breaking story.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2012

The team learns about a protest in Wisconsin; Maggie, Jim and Don work hard to feature simultaneous uprisings; Neal tracks down an Egyptian insider.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2012

Will runs a controversial segment that causes him to receive death threats; Will suffers from insomnia; Sloan jeopardizes her career; Will handles an interview subject roughly.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2012

An anonymous source provides advanced details on an important story; the staff cuts its anniversary party short.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2012

Will and Mac abandon principles when ratings plummet; Sloan is irked by her lack of screen time; Charlie discovers a whistleblower's identity.

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Air date: Aug 19, 2012

The staff stages a mock debate; Mac has an epiphany; Lisa goes off-script during an interview; Neal goes under cover.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2012

Nina surprises Mac; Sloan considers a job offer; Neal smokes out a threat; Will, Mac and Charlie face off against Leona and Reese.

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Cast & Crew

Jeff Daniels
Will McAvoy

Actor
Emily Mortimer
Mackenzie McHale

Actor
John Gallagher Jr.
Jim Harper

Actor
Alison Pill
Margaret Jordan

Actor
Thomas Sadoski
Don Keefer

Actor
Olivia Munn
Sloan Sabbith

Actor
Dev Patel
Neal Sampat

Actor
Sam Waterston
Charlie Skinner

Actor
Chris Messina
Reese Lansing

Guest Star
Terry Crews
Lonny Church

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Adina Porter
Kendra James

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Wynn Everett
Tamara Hart

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Kelen Coleman
Lisa Lambert

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Chris Chalk
Gary Cooper

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John F. Carpenter
Herb Wilson

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Margaret Judson
Tess Westin

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Thomas Matthews
Martin Stallworth

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Charlie Weirauch
Jake Watson

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Trieu Tran
Joey Phan

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Chasty Ballesteros
Tea

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Aaron Sorkin
Executive Producer
Alan Poul
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

  • Jul 29, 2022
    It is guaranteed that you will be blown off your feet. Brilliant in every aspect and this is what a TV show could go with all ingredients are in right aspects.
  • May 06, 2022
    The Newsroom holds a special place in my heart for two reasons. First, it exposed the lazy, forgetful, and or deluded punditry of TV critics, and second, the news media deserved and continues to deserve every bit of the critique leveled at them by the show. As for the former point, all the "overwrought" and "pretentious" and "deadly serious about themselves" derision is apparently an over-correction for the mistake of lavishing praise on The Newsroom's creator's previous overwrought, pretentious, deadly serious about itself show, The West Wing. The Newsroom is that kid in the anti-drug commercial, shouting at The West Wing: "I learned it from you, Dad!" There is nothing wrong with The Newsroom that wasn't wrong with The West Wing. Strike from your mind any critic(s) who think one is genius and the other is crap; they're clearly just making this shit up as they go along. And as for the news media, it was predictable they'd pitch a hissy fit over The Newsroom, wildly stabbing pointed fingers as they leveled their worst charges at it, almost all of which can be summed up, "It's a work of fiction!" And pitch their fit the news media did, because they couldn't credibly claim that The Newsroom's most valuable contribution - holding up a funhouse mirror to the real news media - was a disservice. And having said all that, if you like Sorkin's fast-talking zingers, sermonizing, and melodrama, The Newsroom is no worse than The West Wing.
  • Mar 27, 2022
    This is one of the finest television series in history. My only negative comment is, it didn't run for nine seasons.
  • Nov 19, 2021
    Just imagine how much dialogue they had to memorize
  • Oct 30, 2021
    Everyone should see this series for what it is: a series. It's entertaining and grabs you from the get-go. I really enjoyed it. I hope to see more from this series again in the future.
  • Aug 05, 2021
    HBO usually gets it right but this one is a complete disaster and I cannot believe there's 2 more seasons of this. Bad script. Not smart. The opposite of gripping - whatever that is.
  • Aug 05, 2021
    Oh wow. Pretentious as F***. Pretentious pretentious pretentious.
  • May 15, 2021
    This is one of the greatest shows ever made. The first season is amazing, the second season is stellar, and the third season leaves you wishing it hadn't ended!
  • Mar 28, 2021
    One of the best tv shows ever!!! Not for qanon or other trump supporters.
  • Feb 08, 2021
    The Newsroom can feel too self-satisfied with its own answers to the complex issues surrounding the news media, but it mostly overcomes its flaws with incredibly sharp dialogue and a fully committed performance from Jeff Daniels.

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